Kaspersky has organisational reshuffle
Company hopes to become top IT security solution provider in 2011
Kaspersky Lab is planning to refine its organisational structure and hopes to become one of the top three IT security solutions providers for endpoint users in 2011.
"This year we are closer than ever before to becoming one of the top three providers of IT security solutions in the global market," says Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab. "In order to achieve this breakthrough we need to maintain our current rate of growth and once again demonstrate that as a company, we have what it takes to retain our competitive edge. By making our organisational structure globally-aligned we expect to achieve our goal of becoming one of the three biggest players in the global market by the end of 2011."
According to Kaspersky Lab, its operational results for 2010 showed strong growth in all regions. Globally, the company's revenue grew by 38% year-on-year and exceeded $500m.
Kaspersky Lab's most successful regions for 2010 were Europe, in which the company saw a 16% increase in revenue to $218m. Also successful were the USA and the countries of North and South America, which reported growth of 68% and revenues of $134 million.
The Asia-Pacific region and Japan saw the most dramatic results for the company with a revenue increase of 111% which equaled revenues of $55m. In the CIS, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Kaspersky Lab revenues totaled $131m - an increase of 35% compared to 2009.
Kaspersky Lab's management team is initiating changes in the organizational structure in two key areas, product deployment and regional sales networks. The company hopes that this move will bring them into the top three providers of IT security solutions globally.
In March 2011, Kaspersky Lab decided to unify its separate sections under one division, which will oversee product strategy for all three of the company's business areas; consumer products and services, corporate solutions and technology licensing to other vendors.
Petr Merkulov, who was formerly Head of the Technology Alliances Division, is now the Chief Product Officer.
"Our goal is to hold leading positions in every sector in which the company operates, and in order to achieve that goal we need to continue actively developing our products and solutions in line with market demands," says Merkulov. "The company's extensive international expertise in combating internet threats is a major advantage when it comes to IT security, and we ensure that this know-how provides real benefits to users of the company's solutions. With the creation of a single division responsible for product development and services, Kaspersky Lab's cutting-edge solutions will become even more highly integrated in order to provide our users with comprehensive protection."
In March 2011, Kaspersky Lab management also took the decision to revise the company's regional sales network by creating a single division to oversee, develop and maintain the company's global sales platform and directly oversee sales in Europe and North America
Steve Orenberg, formerly the managing director for Kaspersky Lab, Americas, has been appointed chief sales officer for the new division.
"At present, Kaspersky Lab is a truly international company with a global sales structure. By combining all the sales units into one division, Kaspersky Lab can implement a unified approach to dealing with global partners and clients, thus ensuring a uniformly high level of service for users in every country of the world," says Orenberg.
Kaspersky will be implementing the infrastructural changes in the first half of 2011, according to the company.